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11:45 AM ET, March 28, 2012


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Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obamacare's Supreme Court Disaster  —  Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. should be grateful to the Supreme Court for refusing to allow cameras in the courtroom, because his defense of Obamacare on Tuesday may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
John Roberts Court on trial  —  John Roberts is having his Bush v. Gore moment.  —  If the wily chief justice felt squeamish about leading the Supreme Court into an election-year political maelstrom, that was nowhere on display Tuesday, when the Roberts-led conservative majority signaled …
Discussion: Right Wing News,, CNN and ABCNEWS
David Frum / david-frum:
Supremes Won't Save GOP From Itself on Obamacare  —  A supporter of President Barack Obama's health care reforms(R) argues with several elderly women who are against the reforms in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC after the morning session March 27, 2012, KAREN BLEIER / AFP / Getty Images
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Carville / CNN:
Carville: A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats  —  (CNN) - While the Obama administration fights to protect the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville said a Supreme Court overruling may not be such a bad thing for the president, politically.
First Thoughts: Brace yourself for another 5-4 decision  —  Brace yourself for another 5-4 decision... And such a decision would have two consequences: 1) feed the perception that the Supreme Court is as partisan as the other branches, and 2) satisfy no one... Yesterday was a bad day for the mandate …
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
White House defends embattled solicitor general  —  The White House is coming to the defense of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, whose efforts to defend the president's health care law Tuesday are under attack as a “train wreck” and “The Worst Supreme Court Argument of All Time.”
Washington Post:
On health-care hearing's last day, court weighs severability, Medicaid expansion  —  The Supreme Court will complete its review of President Obama's health-care law Wednesday by considering whether all of the law must fall if part of it is found unconstitutional, and whether …
Brookings Institute:
The Second Day of the Supreme Court's Hearing on the Health Care Law
5 takeaways on health law arguments
Fox News:
Media Matters writer ‘sorry’ after blasting Drudge for Martin photo  —  A senior analyst with the liberal activist group Media Matters tweeted an apology on Tuesday after calling journalist Matt Drudge a racist and accusing him of using a phony photo of Trayvon Martin.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Waters: ‘Stiff evidence’ death of Trayvon Martin a hate crime
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Rush Limbaugh
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Is There A Black Upper Class Bubble
Tom Fontaine /
Santorum slips in Pennsylvania, survey finds  —  Rick Santorum appeared to be the Republican presidential candidate to beat in Pennsylvania a month ago.  —  With the state primary four weeks away, Santorum now finds himself nearly tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Justifies Denying Health Care To People With Pre-Existing Conditions: 'We Can't Play The Game Like That'  —  As Mitt Romney tries to distance himself from Obamacare, he ran into some trouble last night when he got stumped by comedian Jay Leno.  Leno asked Romney what he would do to help people …
Discussion: Firedoglake
NBC's Garrett Haake /
Romney cracks jokes, talks policy with Jay Leno
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich cuts staff, aims at Tampa  —  Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign's full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO.
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich faults fundraising for campaign changes
Discussion: Reuters
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Record Number See Romney Negatively; Obama Outpaces Him in Popularity  —  Mitt Romney trails Barack Obama by 19 points in basic popularity as the 2012 presidential contest inches closer to the main event, with a record 50 percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll now rating Romney unfavorably overall.
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Americans angry with Obama over gas prices  —  (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Romney's negatives hit new high, poll finds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Elderly Couple In Fear Over Spike Lee Tweet  —  Star erroneously linked Floridians to man who killed Trayvon Martin  —  With Twitter and Facebook continuing to explode with posts purporting to contain the address of George Zimmerman, property records and interviews reveal that the home …
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
German town fears loss of U.S. Army base  —  BAUMHOLDER, Germany — For more than half a century, this garrison town in the rolling hills of southwest Germany has been a small version of America, with Ford Mustangs and pickup trucks from the U.S. Army base next door threading through its medieval streets.
Why Republicans Aren't Rushing To Endorse Romney  —  Propriety, apathy, and fear.  —  (Reuters / MIKE BLAKE)  —  Observers of the Republican presidential primary have begun to ask a simple question: Why is this taking so long?  With Mitt Romney the virtually certain nominee of his party …
Discussion: GOP 12
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Gets Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie For Trayvon  —  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) donned a hoodie and took to the House floor this morning to speak out against the murder of Travyon Martin, but was shouted down and removed from the floor by the Republican speaker pro tem …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Obama vs. Boehner: Who Killed the Debt Deal?  —  Almost immediately after the so-called grand bargain between President Obama and the Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, unraveled last July, the two sides quickly settled into dueling, self-serving narratives of what transpired behind closed doors.
Discussion: Politico
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Michelle Theriault Boots / The News Tribune:
Supporters of Proposition 5 ask opposition to pull TV, radio ad
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
David Rogers / Politico:
Ryan plan puts GOP in long-term budget bind
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
GOP running out of gas on Solyndra
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Rand Paul: When Big Oil Screws Americans At The Gas Pump, ‘You Should Want To Encourage Them’
New York Times:
Restrictions on Voter Registration in Florida Have Groups Opting Out
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama made the wrong World Bank call
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Firedoglake